P.S. In regards to the obvious quote, Tupac, in all you would say that both the Kaiser and the Earsonics are technically similar; with the EM32's tuning being slightly more bass and lower mid oriented? And if you don't mind me asking, how do the Earsonics compare to your 5ways?
I tend to use this word carefully because of the complicated relationship between "technical ability" and "sound performance". Because sometimes you will hear people say A is technically superior than B, however B performs music better than A. I don't see it that way, I think if a earphone doesn't have technical ability, it certainly don't perform well to my ears. However here I don't mean "technical" as how bright the treble is, how clear the instruments are presented, how wide is the soundstage or how much the bass can bloat your ears, rather than how well balanced, how linear the sound is, and how each frequency range integrated well with the others (providing the drivers are technically functional), which IMO can bring me closest to the music.
So, IMO I think SM3 is technically better than JH16 when JH16 seems to be technically superior with better bass impact/deepness and instrument clarity, obviously no one will agree with me here. Anyways.
To my ears, yes, K10 is on the same level as EM32, they do well in different areas. I would put it this way, K10 is more versatile, it can cover more genres of music, while EM32 can make certain genres exceptionally enjoyable, especially on the music that requires great dynamics. This is what Ear sonics good at IMO..
As far as SE5 vs EM32, they actually share some similarities in terms of note attack and decay, but SE5's mid and treble are more linear with more coherent presentation. Although EM32 has more bass emphasis, SE5 has greater bass capacity and it goes deeper, giving me a better experiences on bass heavy songs. SE5' soundstage is slightly larger. The resolution, dynamics are about the same on both. While SE5 is slightly on the warmer side of neutral, EM32 is warmer than SE5. As I mentioned in the other thread, EM32 can sometimes make you think it's trying to exaggerate micro details. SE5 perform micro detail more effortlessly in this regard.
Edited by tupac0306 - 3/2/14 at 10:40am